Do you still wear shoes inside your home? Well, prepare yourself to be totally GROSSED OUT!
This is something I always think about. I need to take out my shoes as soon as I walk in my apartment. I have wood floors and carpet in the bedrooms. Carpet is even worse! I really need to make it a habit and not wear shoes inside. I need to make it a family habit starting NOW!
Just think about it. You walk outside where dogs poop and some people even pee. Dirt, spits, spilled food, and lots of nasty things not even worth mentioning. But you can imagine it. And then you just walk inside your home bringing all the yucky stuff. A home where your kids play on the floor. It is really DISGUSTING!
And before you start thinking I am exaggerating, let me show you that there’s plenty of science available to back up the fact that shoes in the house is all sorts of disgusting.
Do you still wear shoes inside? Prepare to be seriously GROSSED OUT
In the US, a study was recently performed at the University of Arizona, where microbiologist Dr Charles Gerba handed ten people a pair of brand new shoes, and asked them to use the shoes for two weeks before having them tested for bacteria. What he wanted to find out , was what types of microorganisms are actually transported by footwear.
The results – shocker – were all sorts of disturbing. After the two weeks, more than 420,000 units of bacteria were found on the outside of the test shoes. Of that bacteria, 27% were deadly E. Coli!
And it didn’t end there. Also detected was Klebsiella pneumonia, which can cause pneumonia and wound and bloodstream infections and Serratia ficaria, which can lead to infection of the respiratory tract. Have children who constantly get coughs and colds? How about loosing the shoes, no?
This is what Gerba had to say of his findings:
“The common occurrence (96 percent) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors,” said Gerba. In other words: Your shoes are full of OTHER PEOPLE’S POOP. How lovely.
“Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria,” explains the professor.
Even more disturbing to moms of little ones – 90 to 99% of bacteria found on the exterior of the shoes was transmitted to hard tile and carpet. Oh, and it is not over yet: “Any germs picked up by bare feet, knees and hands will then be transported to the crib at naptime.” Niiiice.
Now you know there is a simple way of eliminating all this grossness….LEAVING YOUR SHOES BY THE DOOR! Are you convinced now after reading this post? Do you still wear shoes inside?
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